Marlborough – Albert J. Gauthier, 69, better known as “Grumpa” to his beloved grandchildren, died Dec. 19, 2020 after being stricken ill suddenly. He was the husband of Karen (Mangs) Gauthier for 45 years and they lived in Upton since 1976.
He was born and raised in Marlborough. He was the son of the late Arthur and Emilia (Michaud) Gauthier.
Al attended Marlborough Vocational School. He was retired from Abel-Womack as a fork lift mechanic for 20 years.
Al was very active in his children’s lives. He coached soccer, volunteered regularly with the Boy Scouts Troop 132, and worked as a lighting technician at many dance recitals. Al loved Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and attending concerts. He was also an avid Bruins and Patriots fan.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one son Andrew Gauthier and his girlfriend Stephanie Josti of Whitinsville; two daughters, Colleen Rabidou and her husband Scott of Milford and Amanda Dlugasch of Millis; and five grandchildren, Lucas, Landon, Julian, Matthew, and Ada. He was also survived by one brother, Roland Gauthier of Florida, and three sisters, Cecile Vickers of Florida, Simonne DiCenzo, and Diane Valis of Upton. He was predeceased by two sisters, Claire Correia and Annette Brown, and two brothers, Louis and Donald Gauthier.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Short & Rowe Funeral Home (www.shortandrowefuneralhome.com), 95 West Main St., Marlborough.